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Improving Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in Northern Kenya Subject Matter Expert- Policy Influence Purpose of RfP Through the Improving Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in Northern Kenya project, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is seeking to identify a subject matter expert in the field of policy influence to lead a series of capacity strengthening sessions with local civil society organisations in Lamu, Garissa and Mandera. The sessions will seek to strengthen the CSOs’ capacity to work with various government bodies to positively influence policy-making and planning. The sessions should focus heavily on tangible tactics, skills, tools and templates necessary to influence policy. To promote sustainability, the subject matter expert will document the content from the sessions to ensure that information, approaches and templates can be re-visited and applied on an on-going basis. About AKF For nearly 50 years, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has been partnering with communities, governments and local leaders to harness the best from people from all backgrounds to improve the quality of life. The Foundation’s work is rooted in core values of self-reliance, pluralism, and respect for human dignity. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks. The AKDN’s integrated approach makes long-term investments, builds permanent institutions and cultivates an active civil society, impacting tens of millions of people annually in 30 countries. Alongside its sister AKDN agencies, the Foundation implements innovative, community-driven solutions that are based on decades of experience, learning and evaluation. About the project The overall objective of the Improving Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in Northern Kenya project is to improve social and economic opportunities for vulnerable young women and men aged 15-35 in Lamu, Garissa and Mandera counties. Specifically, AKF will facilitate greater employment and income generation opportunities for youth by working with a broad range of stakeholders including TVET institutions, potential employers in the private sector, CSOs, religious leaders, school management committees, County Government as well as youth groups. The capacity building sessions will work towards Objective 1 and 3 of the project: Specific Objective 1 seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity of three networks of CSOs to deliver effective, inclusive socio-economic programming for youth across the three counties. Specific Objective 3 will improve dialogue, engagement and understanding between county government, youth and various stakeholders (religious leaders, schools, CSOs) on matters affecting youth Key tasks/deliverables Defining the learning objectives, overall structure, and outline for capacity strengthening sessions on policy influence. Topics should include but are not limited to: A) evidence gathering from multiple stakeholders to support soft advocacy, B) engaging in public debates/campaigns through various mediums (meetings, radio, television, etc.) and C) writing policy memorandum and petitions to local and national assembly committees. Working one-on-one with each CSO (6 in total) to guide each organisation on how to positively influence policy and decision-making Designing tools, templates and exercises for policy influence that can be used over time Documenting content of capacity strengthening sessions for future reference Anticipated timeline All deliverables are expected to be delivered between 1 September 2018 and 1 November 2018. Selection criteria Demonstrated expertise in working with civil society organisations in transitional advocacy, writing memorandum and petitions to county assemblies to influence policy and local decision-making Previous experience with civil society organisations, capacity strengthening and/or trainings Strong writing skills Application process Please respond to the request for proposals with the following details: Overview of qualifications/experience Proposed work plan with activities, timelines and budget Samples of policy influencing tools and templates How to apply: Please submit your proposal via e-mail to no later than August 1st**, 2018** with the title AKF Youth Livelihoods - Policy Influence